CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sometimes it takes only a little bit of kindness to get a person back on their feet again.
Jericho House specializes in that type of kindness.
For instance, Manager Freda Cutlip recalls a snowy, late November day when she heard a knock on the Jericho House door.
"Before me stood a young couple. They began at once to ask me 'please, can you take us in; we have no place to go.' Suddenly, I realized something was sitting on the porch at their feet ... it was a little one in a car seat with a blanket spread over the carrier to catch the snowflakes."
Fortunately, one of the St. Albans facility's four rooms had recently been vacated, so Cutlip was able to show them immediately to their room. The room hadn't yet been cleaned, Cutlip apologized, but the family set about cleaning the room and setting up a baby bed that had been in the Jericho House basement.
"The young man had a job out West when the winter was over," she explained, but the long, cold winter sprawled out ahead of them.
The kindness and warmth of Jericho House paid off for the family. Cutlip has since been in contact them.
"They have settled into their new home and have welcomed a new addition to their family," she said.